- to buy or pay off; clear by payment: to redeem a mortgage.
- to buy back, as after a tax sale or a mortgage foreclosure.
- to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction: to redeem a pawned watch.
- to exchange (bonds, trading stamps, etc.) for money or goods.
- to convert (paper money) into specie.
- to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.).
- to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.): His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness.
- to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom.
- Theology. to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.
Origin of redeem
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Examples from the Web for unredeemed
What happened in 1964 was an unredeemed and unmitigated catastrophe for Republicans and conservatives.Fool's Gold
February 13, 2013
For unredeemed devilishness, the dervishes have had no equals.Khartoum Campaign, 1898
The girl's face was as it had been from the first, unredeemed evil.The Angel
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
If the known effects are unredeemed, the suspicion is not unnatural, that so are the unknown.Studies of Christianity
Do they want that the King's Message will for ever remain unfulfilled and unredeemed?India for Indians
C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
Like Hull's defeat, it was unredeemed by a single glimmer of light.The Second War with England, Vol. 1 of 2
J. T. Headley.
- to recover possession or ownership of by payment of a price or service; regain
- to convert (bonds, shares, etc) into cash
- to pay off (a promissory note, loan, etc)
- to recover (something pledged, mortgaged, or pawned)
- to convert (paper money) into bullion or specie
- to fulfil (a promise, pledge, etc)
- to exchange (trading stamps, coupons, etc) for goods
- to reinstate in someone's estimation or good opinion; restore to favourhe redeemed himself by his altruistic action
- to make amends for
- to recover from captivity, esp by a money payment
- Christianity (of Christ as Saviour) to free (mankind) from sin by his death on the Cross
Word Origin and History for unredeemed
early 15c., "buy back, ransom," from Middle French redemer "buy back," from Latin redimere (see redemption). Theological sense of "deliver from sin and spiritual death" is from c.1500. Meaning "make amends for" is from 1520s. Sense of "make good" (a promise, obligation, etc.) is from 1840. Related: Redeemed; redeeming.